This ranks in the middle 50%. I went on forever with drawn out sub plots. I identified with the main character and that made it painful. I'll try another Franzen book and see f I can get through it without getting frustrated.
That George Guidall was the reader.
You know, that's a hard one for me to answer. EVERYTHING that George Guidall reads comes to life. It's quite amazing. The way that he can truly separate one character from another; the way that he does wormen just makes him the very best in this art form..I have reached a point in my audio book listening experience that has me looking for books that he has read, no matter that I have no idea about the author or plot. I felt the same way about Muller and sorry that he has passed and there will be no more.
Al's infirmity got to me. I'm his age.
Keep 'em coming.
Hard to answer that one. I'm still listening but really just trying to get through this never ending tome. The problem is that Ms. Tartt has so many obscure literary "inserts" in this book that are our of context with the characters. Yes, we can see how erudite she is and that's always fun, but I am finding most of this book rambling and distracting.
The quality of the writing really bothered me. Self serving ramblings throughout the book were distracting and confused this reader who lost the thread. Also, the boys' character development episodes and drug use, etc. did not ring true at all. I know she gets great reviews and is considered a sort of genius, but she might want to read something from Pat Conroy to get a lesson in novel writing. Also, I went out of my way to watch a couple of interviews where she shoed up in a man's outfit, complete with tie, etc. She looked ridiculous and that compromised her credibility as an author.
It was a good read...the Russian accent kinda came and went. The difference between male and female characters wasn't real good. Also, the Park Avenue "lockjaw" sound for the New York family was really stunted. Guidall would have been better.
I think it could make an interesting movie, with a lot of editing.
Well...I didn't return it. That says something.
I may. I really like the book and got a lot of it in the gym and the car, so I had distractions. I love the Schmidt series. I missed this one somehow and it was out of sync with the rest of the Schmidt books.
Well, it was a continuation done beautifully of About Schmidt, which I loved and would read again and recommend to any man my age, or within ten years. (I'm 76)...I loved Schmidt Steps Back, as well and I could picture Jack Nicholson as Schmidt throughout all the book(s) and that really helps the character, although I thought the movie was boring and dragged; it needed the Schmidt narrative.
Carrie...but to tell you the truth about George Guidall, he brings women to life like no other reader, even Frank Muller (god bless) didn't compare and, of course, Schmidt.
It made me laugh, cry and curse (at the daughter), before she died. The flirting with anti-Semitism annoyed me, as a Jew. The in-laws were annoying, but then, what psychiatry's aren't annoying?
I totally identified with Schmidt and have gone down many of the same roads as he. So Lou, keep them coming! And use George Guidall for anything that you write in the future...please!
Not written it.
I've not listened to anything else from him; that said, the read was very good...not George Guidell good, but good.
This was probably the most tear jerking, depressing book I have read/listened to in many years. I'm glad it's over.
I loved the first Schmidt book (About Schmidt) and would strongly suggest that this one get listened to first. Both are very compelling and, as an old man with a somewhat jaded past, I identified with Schmidt in many ways. George Guidall is the most masterful reader and interpreter of these audiobooks in the business today. When I choose a book, I will always buy it if George is the reader.
Schmidt, of course. I am him in many ways; there were some life lessons for me in this book.
Many...this was among the best. The Dark Tower books were stupendous and all of the Vince Flynn books that he has read and truly amazing and involving. I love this guy!
No way to do that.
Keepem' coming, Begley.
Hard question...I've read/listened to many many books. For Nelson DeMille, on a scale of 100, which would be "The Lion's Game", I would give it 85.
Don't remember right now
Hummm; I have a problem with Scott Brick; it's that he's not George Guidall.
Are you kidding?
I really like the earlier DeMille books, the NY settings the irritating detective. This one is somewhere in the melange. And, I am old and tend to live more in the "right here, right now" world of the memory impaired.
Anything be Elmore Leonard is recommended in this genre. Anything!
Stick in another book.
We need lower prices for these short books...how abou9t $1.00?
Yes. Elmore Leonard was born to write for the audio genre. All of his novels are amazingly entertaining and because they are all conversation-filled, audio playback, especially when read by the erstwhile Frank Muller (maybe the best that ever was) or Groege Guidall (alive and the best there is). I've read/listened to almost all of E. Leonard's works and long for more.
Any Elmore Leonard...Any!
Always makes me laugh.
I wish your service were cheaper; I go through these books very quickly. I listen in the car, the gym and when I'm home alone, cooking.
Glad that I finally got to Audible.com.
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